When you see or hear the terms “general dentistry” and “general dentist,” you may find yourself wondering, “How does a general dentist differ from other oral-health professionals?” or “Do I need to see a general dentist regularly?” The answers to these questions are key in helping you make the best decisions about your oral health care. As your Salem, OR general dentistry practice, the staff at East Wind Dental Careand Dr. Merat Ostovar want to make sure you know everything about general dentistry that you need to do in order to enjoy a lifetime of optimal oral health.
What Is General Dentistry?
Similar to a primary healthcare provider, a general dentist is the primary dental care provider for patients of all ages. They care for your overall oral health and are responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of the services required to meet your dental needs.
At East Wind Dental Care, we work hard to form long-term, trust-based relationships with you by getting to know your lifestyle as well as your oral-health history and goals. We then implement and oversee a personalized dental treatment plan that helps you meet those goals. Most dental treatment plans employ a variety of our general dentistry services as needed.
What Services Fall Under the General Dentistry Category?
Regular visits with general dentist Dr. Merat Ostovar will help you maintain good oral hygiene and aid in the prevention and early detection of serious oral health issues, like gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. Our dental services include a wide range of preventive and restorative options that can be performed in the dentist’s office and are designed for patients of all ages. Services include:
- Dental fillings
- Fixed and removable dental bridges
- Inlays and onlays
- Oral cancer screenings
- Root canal therapy
- Tooth extractions
- TMD/TMJ therapy
Q: “What are some common dental issues a general dentist addresses?“
A: We address everything from periodontal disease to root canals to missing teeth. We can also address cosmetic concerns, with services such as teeth whitening and veneers.
Q: “Why do I need a general dentist?“
A: Seeing a general dentist regularly will help you maintain good oral health, as well as detect any potential problems before they become serious.
Q: “How often should I see a general dentist?“
A: Scheduling a checkup and cleaning at least twice a year is recommended. Dr. Ostovar will let you know if you need additional appointments or treatments.
Q: “What causes tooth cavities?“
A: Cavities are caused by tooth decay that goes unnoticed. Scheduling regular checkups will ensure that tooth decay is caught in its earliest stages and addressed or avoided altogether.